Introduction: Easy to Build Wooden Squonk Mod
If you prefer watching a video instead of following the written instructions, here you go
Step 1: Simple Wooden Squonk Mod
In the past I have build several mods involving a lot of tools, including 3D-Printers and even a Laser Cutter. This time I am going to build a mod with just some basic tools.
All you really need:
- a Drill with a 4mm and 10mm drill bit and a step dril up to 12mm
- 18-20mm thick wood for the frame
- 3-5mm thick wood for the front and back panel
- a file / Sandpaper
- the printable template
Following Mod-Parts from stealthvape:
Bottom Copper Contact (14x100mm / Copper) https://www.stealthvape.co.uk/product/bottom-conta...
Top Copper Contact (12mm . 18xxx - Copper): https://www.stealthvape.co.uk/product/top-contact...
510 Connector (22mm x 1mm): https://www.stealthvape.co.uk/product/source-bf-5...
Magnets (for example 4 x 1.5mm): https://www.stealthvape.co.uk/product/n35-ndfeb-r...
you could also use other mod parts, but you might need to change the dimensions or hole sizes
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
You can either transfer the template to your workpiece or you could also glue it directly to the workpiece.
Now you need to predrill some 10mm holes to cut out the inside of the mod. Cutting close to the line will reduce the amount of filing you have to do later.
For the Squonk hole on the lid, I also predrilled a 10mm hole and used a thinner sawblade, to cut out the opening.
After cutting out all the pieces, it is time to start with filing / sanding the pieces to the correct size and shape.
Step 3: Drilling Holes
For the 510 Connector I am drilling a 12mm hole, for the button I am drilling up to 10 (this depens on what you use as a button).
To insert the magnets I marked a 4mm drill bit with some tape, to see how deep I already drilled. This allows you to accurately drill to you desired depth.
In addition to the magnets I am also using some 4mm pins for alligning the lid.
Step 4: Optional: Image Transfer
To add some more personalisation, I decided to try a Photo-Transfer technique.
Basically you print out a mirrored version of your image with a laser printer and then use wood glue or mod podge to bond the image to the piece of wood. Afterwards you can soak the paper with water and rub the paper off. I won't go into more detail here, since I am still figuring out how to achieve the best results. There are other instructables here to cover this topic.
Step 5: The Internals
Since this is a mechanical mod, all you really need are some copper strips and a 510 connector. You could cut out the copper strips yourself (like I did in the past) but for convenience I decided to buy them this time. I added some links to where you can find these parts.
When installing the long copper strip for the positive battery contact, make sure to cut it to the right length, so it can only touch the brass part of the 510 connector. If it is too long and also touches the negative part of the 510 connector you will create a short circuit! A mechanical mod has no protection for the battery.
To attach the copper strip I used a piece of double sided tape. This also added some springiness to the positive battery contact, which helps with installing the battery and allows for a good contact between the battery and the copper strip / battery contact.
At this step it is also a good time to install the magents. You can just use superglue to attach them.
Step 6: Finishing the Mod
Now we are already at the end of this mod build.
After some more sanding with finer grid sandpaper, you can apply the finish you like.
I used a combination of wax and oil to highlight the wood grain and give it a warm and natural feel. But you could also use other more durable finishes.